There are more jobs for skilled workers in manufacturing than there are people.

Last year, South Carolina announced over 10,000 new jobs in the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing is an essential part of the foundation of South Carolina’s economy. Growth in this industry is staggering.

 

Below are just a few of the jobs you could be ready for in two years or less:

Salary range for South Carolina: $12.80/hour - $30.75/hour

 

Assembler and Fabricator
Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, planes, cars, electronic devices, control panels, and more.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College

CNC Operator
CNC operators produce machined parts by programming, setting up and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine. These machines produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools. CNC operators also maintain the quality and safety standards of the facility while keeping records and maintaining equipment and supplies.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Aiken Technical College
Central Carolina Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College

Electronics Engineering Technician
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Aiken Technical College
Denmark Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
York Technical College

Engineering Graphics Technician
Engineering graphics technicians convert ideas and solutions into 2-D CAD drawings, 3-D CAD models and specifications using state-of-the-art tools such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks and CATIA V5.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Aiken Technical College
Central Carolina Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
York Technical College

Heavy and Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

Industrial Electrician
Industrial electricians install, service and repair wiring, conduits, fixtures and other electrical devices and systems in an industrial or commercial setting. They often work primarily either in maintenance or in construction, and their specific duties may depend on the employer. All work performed by an industrial electrician must meet the regulations of the National Electrical Code.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Tri-County Technical College
York Technical College

Industrial HVAC Technician
Industrial HVAC technicians install, troubleshoot, service and repair HVAC systems ensuring the temperature, humidity and air quality of a system. They could work either inside or outside in commercial and industrial settings. In addition to knowing how to fit and install ductwork, technicians might need to know how to maintain and repair the motors, pumps, fans, thermostats and other components in the equipment.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Aiken Technical College
Central Carolina Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College
York Technical College

Industrial Maintenance Technician and Machinery Mechanic
Industrial mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment. They also install, dismantle, repair, reassemble and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Aiken Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Trident Technical College
York Technical College

Machine Tool Operator
Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Manufacturing engineering technicians work closely with manufacturing engineers to support and improve manufacturing operations, including troubleshooting equipment and process issues, performing and documenting fixtures and equipment maintenance, and updating process documentation. They also assist manufacturing engineers with projects through building or procuring test equipment and performing testing, including process validations.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Spartanburg Community College

Mechanical Engineering Technician
Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates and report their findings.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Trident Technical College
York Technical College

Mechatronics Technician
Mechatronics technicians apply their knowledge of engineering to solve technical problems and maintain automated mechanical equipment. This may entail inspecting, troubleshooting and repairing electrical and electronic components. They work beside engineers and scientists, often assisting in the research and development of production.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Central Carolina Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Tri-County Technical College

Production Operator
Production operators work along the assembly path performing a specialized task that helps move a good towards the consumer market. The position might be performed in shifts. Production operators adhere to safety guidelines and ensure that final products meet high-quality standards.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Tri-County Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College

Robotics Technician
Robotics technicians build, install, test and maintain computerized robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Tri-County Technical College

Welding Technician
Welding technicians use a variety of techniques, like arc welding in manufacturing and other related settings. These skilled workers are typically employed in manufacturing industries, but they can also be found working in auto body shops, for construction companies or in other industries. Sometimes, welding technicians use certain programs to ensure that welding machines are functioning correctly.

 

Training for this occupation is offered at:
Aiken Technical College
Central Carolina Technical College
Denmark Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Northeastern Technical College
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Spartanburg Community College
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Tri-County Technical College
Trident Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College
York Technical College

 

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    Chelsea
    • Chelsea
    • York Technical College
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    Richard
    • Richard
    • Technical College of the Lowcountry
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    Kristen
    • Kristen
    • Central Carolina Technical College
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    Austin
    • Austin
    • Piedmont Technical College
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    Julia
    • Julia
    • Greenville Technical College
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    Jerry
    • Jerry
    • Northeastern Technical College
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    Matt
    • Matt
    • Central Carolina Technical College
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    • Demetrius
    • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
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    Ethan
    • Ethan
    • Northeastern Technical College
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    Daniel
    • Daniel
    • Tri-County Technical College
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    Trenton
    • Trenton
    • Aiken Technical College
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    Jarrett
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    • Northeastern Technical College
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    Jordan
    • Jordan
    • Greenville Technical College
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    John
    • John
    • Midlands Technical College
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    Matthew
    • Matthew
    • Central Carolina Technical College
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    Tony
    • Tony
    • Northeastern Technical College
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    Zach
    • Zach
    • Central Carolina Technical College
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    Freddie
    • Freddie
    • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
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    Kenneth
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    • Tri-County Technical College
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    Tim
    • Tim
    • Northeastern Technical College
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    Christian
    • Christian
    • York Technical College
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    Jodi
    • Jodi
    • Central Carolina Technical College
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    • Ryan
    • Tri-County Technical College
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    • Jessica
    • Midlands Technical College
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